HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Looking for a big brisket

Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 08:47 AM

Where is the best place to pick up a big brisket for a decent price? I'm looking for something probably at least 10 lbs (or so) for oven-braising (not BBQ). I'll be feeding the thankless hordes for a Passover seder and brisket a la Jewish mother is always a big favourite at our house. I've gotten fairly large brisket at Costco but usually have to buy two of them and often they're trimmed a bit too lean.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. d
    Daimon RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 08:52 AM

    I've bought a whole Packers Brisket (untrimmed) from European Poultry & Meats. They are located near the Warden & Eglinton intersection. I'm not sure if they always have it in stock so you might want to call ahead. Can't remember the price but it was very reasonable.

    1. jayt90 RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 09:12 AM

      Skyland always has a few 10 lb briskets in cryovac, around $3/lb. There are usually some with good marbling and a fatty strip in the center.


      I have done a tagine braise with one; it was tender and moist, maybe better than BBQ-smoked which may go dry.

      2 Replies
      1. re: jayt90
        plug RE: jayt90 Jul 15, 2013 07:01 AM

        Hey jayt90,
        Do you know if sky land is still carrying large pieces of brisket?

        1. re: plug
          jayt90 RE: plug Jul 15, 2013 07:31 AM

          I have moved away from GTA so don't know. Call them. It was located on the west wall, close to pickled pigs feet. http://www.skylandfoodmart.com/contac...

      2. f
        faijay RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 09:18 AM

        There is no better place for brisket than Nortown (Eglinton is their main store, but they have branches--check on line) It is essential that you order ahead. They make very good gefulte fish, either sweet or salt and good horse raddish is available there. It is a kosher style butcher, but the meat is not kosher.

        1 Reply
        1. re: faijay
          faijay RE: faijay Mar 5, 2012 09:46 AM

          Just re read my post. Nortown is not inexpensive, but honestly it's worth the extra money to get a properly butchered roast, with the right amount of fat. They sell single and double brisket.

        2. biggreenmatt RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 10:03 AM

          Nortown is excellent quality, but you pay for it.

          I've had good luck with the St. Lawrence butchers, too. Forget the damn name of the place, but it's the one on the western-ish side of the building, running north-south. They'll sort you out.

          2 Replies
          1. re: biggreenmatt
            Davwud RE: biggreenmatt Mar 5, 2012 10:37 AM



            1. re: biggreenmatt
              biggreenmatt RE: biggreenmatt Mar 7, 2012 10:27 AM

              It's the Upper Cut. Great stuff!

            2. Davwud RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 10:37 AM

              Last one I bought was 11+lbs from European Meats.


              1 Reply
              1. re: Davwud
                elrik RE: Davwud Mar 5, 2012 10:49 AM

                Galleria has some good looking angus ones with much better fat content than the ones I have seen/bought from skyland. Being a better cut it is pricier though. I believe it was $4 or $5 per pound.

              2. n
                Nyleve RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 10:45 AM

                Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll probably try either European Poultry and Meats or Skyland. Also dug up Globe Meats - depends on which side of the city I'll be on.

                As for Nortown, to be absolutely blunt, I want to keep the cost down for this crowd. They're a bunch of vacuum cleaners and wouldn't know a quality piece of meat if it landed on their heads - plus they're notoriously cheap, so I'm not overly inclined to spend more than I absolutely must. This is a family command performance. With friends I'm much more generous (and friends tend to be more appreciative too). Terrible to say but it is what it is.

                7 Replies
                1. re: Nyleve
                  Herne RE: Nyleve Mar 6, 2012 02:12 PM

                  Nyleve you are a riot. Saying things that many dare not think. if I was in your shoes and with the same motivation I'd check out Costco again. If you can find 2 briskets with sufficient fat buy them. Costco has always had great meat in my experience and all you need is a couple of fattier pieces as I understand it.

                  1. re: Herne
                    Nyleve RE: Herne Mar 6, 2012 03:18 PM

                    Ha! I sent out a guilt-inducing email yesterday to the family which resulted in one offer to make the brisket but when I told him how big it needed to be, he offered to make half the brisket and suggested I get someone else to make the other half. The mental image of duelling briskets - to banjo music - is irresistible. I'm probably going to make the other half, thus negating the need for the giant brisket (see OP) - I'll just get a normal sized one from Costco. But I will remember these suggestions for another time - and there WILL be another time. Alas.

                    1. re: Nyleve
                      pearlD RE: Nyleve Mar 6, 2012 04:25 PM

                      Tell me about it!!! I am in Jamaica but coming home for Passover....I get my Brisket (usually a 'double' and about 9+ lbs) from 'my' Loblaws at Dupont & Christie... Not sure if this will work out this year, 'my'wonderful Butcher went to the 'Portland' Loblaws just before I left...and I was also told (but not from him) that Dupont Branch was going to have a major change early in the new year...I'm hoping that was a rumour...I will NOT shop at the Forest Hill Branch...I will a) either call him (Craig) or b) try the St. Clair West Sobeys..have had 'some luck' at that store previously.

                      p.s. I HATE brisket!!

                      1. re: pearlD
                        Herne RE: pearlD Mar 6, 2012 05:53 PM

                        Which one is the Forest Hill branch?

                        And how do find the parking at the Sobey's on St Clair near Yonge?

                        1. re: Herne
                          pearlD RE: Herne Mar 7, 2012 06:21 AM

                          The Loblaws Forest Hill is on the north side of St.Clair West, just East of Bathurst street (at traffic light). It's a huge store and I don't find it 'user' friendly.
                          Sobey's parking lot can be entered off St.Clair , there's a traffic light East of Yonge BUT for some reason, the entrance is closed off at times, it's easier to go to their 'other' entrance on Pleasant Blvd (1 block South of St.Clair on the North side of Pleasant) You have to pay for parking but you get it free when you spend $15. at Sobey's..keep your receipt.

                          1. re: pearlD
                            Herne RE: pearlD Mar 7, 2012 10:42 AM

                            Thanks for your reply. I thought it might be the big Loblaws that resembles a Super Store but don't find it too disagreeable give it s location. Thanks also for the Sobey's info. I have banking to do in the area and wondered if I could get it done on the same receipt

                            1. re: Herne
                              pearlD RE: Herne Mar 7, 2012 12:06 PM

                              I don't see why not...I've often shopped /done errands after shopping at Sobey's and purchasing the required amount for free parking and never been questioned by the parking attendant.
                              My brother -in- law loves FH Loblaws he thinks it's better than 'my' store...each to his /her own eh?

                2. o
                  Oatz RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 12:56 PM

                  Uppercut Meats @ St Lawrence Mkt
                  They will give you your choice and trim it to fit right in front of you
                  Cryovac'd and ready to go

                  1. l
                    LUV_TO_EAT RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 06:10 PM

                    Butcher Shoppe if you're in the south west end. or Chicago 58 in the north west.

                    1. Moimoi RE: Nyleve Mar 5, 2012 08:02 PM

                      Sunny Supermarket. Never seen better prices, including flank steak.

                      Show Hidden Posts